• Photo taken from: Cathedral Cove Kayak Tours
  • Photo taken from: TEARA the encyclopedia of New Zealand
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Whitianga

36°49'59" S 175°41'59" N

Located on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand, Whitianga is the main settlement of Mercury Bay, located on the eastern side of the Coromandel Peninsula, some 208 kilometres away from Auckland.

Mercury Bay is a large V-shape bay, around ten kilometers across, with some 20 kilometres of coastline. Other familiar locations along Mercury Bay include Buffalo Beach, Wharekaho, Ferry Landing, Shakespeare Cliff, Lonely Bay, Flaxmill Bay, Cooks Beach, Purangi Estuary, Cathedral Cove, Hahei, and Hot Water Beach.

This bay was named by the English navigator Captain James Cook during his exploratory expeditions. By the Māori it was named Te-Whanganui-o-Hei, the great bay of Hei.

Mercury Bay is a good location for game fishing such as marlin, partly as a result of the nearby presence of Te Whanganui-A-Hei (Cathedral Cove) marine reserve.

The bay is also widely known for its yachting. The Mercury Bay Yacht Club was the challenging club in New Zealand’s first challenge for the America’s Cup, in 1987.

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